Silver City REALTORS® were in Santa Fe for the 56th New Mexico Legislature advocating for private property rights and pro business legislation.
President Linda Rowse, Marissa Rowse, Pat Fell and AE Kim Clark attended the New Mexico Association of REALTORS® Leadership and Legislative meeting at the end of January. The top legislative issue was SB99 Rent Control. REALTORS® went to the Roundhouse and advocated their legislators to oppose this bill to change the state constitution. Other asks were to increase housing inventory, support fair property tax assessments and oppose any transfer taxes, support legislation to provide jobs and a healthy economy, encourage review of the condo act, and support water availability and quality. These are the 2023 Legislative Policy Priorities of the NMAR Legislative Committee. AE Kim Clark serves on this committee, and is chair of the Water Task Force. Linda Rowse sat in as the alternate on the NMAR Board of Directors, and Pat Fell serves on the Forms Committee.
On February 1 SCRAR was a Copper Sponsor of the 2023 Grant County Day at the Roundhouse. This day of community advocacy is an annual event held in Santa Fe to focus on the legislative issues and concerns of Grant County. This is a longstanding tradition hosted by Grant County Prospectors. After two years of hosting this event virtually Prospectors declared 2023" theme as Sweeter Together. Top Topic focus areas for the day were funding local government capital outlay requests, including housing initiatives. Sustaining funding and programs for all levels of education including early childhood, public and higher ed. Rural investment to support crisis funding, the rural ombudsman (legislation co-sponsored by our Senator Siah Correa-Hemphill), and acequia/ditch association funding. Community health priorities included mental health initiatives, food security, and rural hospital equipment needs. Fund and support initiatives for business, outdoor recreation and tourism. AE Kim Clark serves on the Prospector's planning committee (CLAC) for Grant County Day. SCRAR's sponsorship is made available with RPAC-NM funds.